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FLIR Systems Pays $15 Million Civil Penalty for AECA and ITAR Violations and Earns First DTCC Monitor (Part I of II)

In an extraordinary enforcement action, the US Department of State reached a comprehensive settlement with FLIR Systems, Inc. (FLIR) to resolve violations of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).  These acts are administered by the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance in the Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (DTCC). Under the settlement, FLIR will pay a civil penalty...

Volkov Law Group Joins Forces with NAVEX Global’s Compliance Next

The Volkov Law Group has joined forces with NAVEX Global’s innovative compliance website, Compliance Next. The Volkov Law Group is contributing videos and written materials as a proud member of the Compliance Next network. Our first video on internal investigations is HERE. Compliance Next is the first community-driven compliance network, which provides tools and resources to support compliance initiatives and promote successful strategies.  Members of...

The NYAG’s Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative and Transparency of Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Matt Stankiewicz, Associate at The Volkov Law Group, rejoins us for another posting on cryptocurrency regulation.  Matt can be reached at mstankiewicz@volkovlaw.com. Recently, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman launched the state’s Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative in order to garner more information and gain insight into the inner workings of cryptocurrency exchanges. To kick off the initiative, the AG’s office sent a questionnaire containing...

Lying and Accountability: ZTE Pays the Price

Despite our political dialogue and the often-heard charges of fake news and lying, telling the truth still matters in a variety of contexts.  For example, Special Counsel Mueller has made various characters in the Russia investigation plead guilty to the crime of making false statements. The US Department of Commerce recently announced that Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation of Shenzen China and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd....

Episode 36 – How to Respond to a Government Investigation

When a company learns that the government is investigating the company’s activities, a company has to move quickly to respond to the government and engage prosecutors about the investigation.  Depending on how the company learns about the government investigation, the company’s strategy and immediate steps may differ. Once the company learns it is under investigation, the company has to collect information about the activity and business...

FCPA Compliance: Navigating Joint Venture Risks (Part V of V)

Joint ventures pose a unique constellation of anti-corruption risks.  Like third-party risks, companies that enter into joint ventures face significant anti-corruption risks, especially in those situations where a state-owned entity is the joint venture partner. By definition, companies do not have the same authority over third parties and joint venture partners as they can when it comes to their own employees. A company faces two...

FCPA Compliance: Automate and Audit Third Parties (Part IV of V)

Third-party risk dominates the anti-corruption compliance landscape.  And for good reason – companies do not exercise significant control over their third parties, at least in comparison to company employees.  I know this is obvious but from a theoretical standpoint a company has greater legal authority over the conduct of its employees in contrast to its third parties. Relying on third parties is a two-edge sword. ...

FCPA Compliance: Automation and Mitigating Gifts, Meals, Entertainment and Travel Expenditures Risks (Part III of V)

The laundry list of companies that have been prosecuted for FCPA violations surrounding gifts, meals, entertainment and travel expenditures is lengthy. Consider just two examples: In SEC v. Diageo (2011) (copy Here), Diageo agreed to a $16 million settlement for a variety of illegal bribe payments and GMET expenses, including $64,184 spent on rice cakes and other gifts for the South Korean military over a four-year...

FCPA Compliance: When a Foreign Official is a Third-Party (Part II of V)

Compliance officers are trained to spot risks.  They have an eagle eye and keen sensitivity.  In some cases they have to overcome inaccurate designations – my favorite is a “PEP,” a politically exposed person.  I sometimes hear the compliance equivalent of an “Oh, no, we can’t do business with him or her – he or she is a PEP.”  Of course, we all know that...

FCPA Compliance: The Importance of Relativity to Risk Ranking (Part I of V)

Any fool can know.  The point is to understand. – Albert Einstein Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe. – Albert Einstein This week I am posting a five-part series on FCPA compliance issues.  While there have been many advances in the anti-corruption ethics and compliance field, there is still more work to do to advance...